Module 1: Symposium – Ceramics between change and challenge – between past and present


The symposium is intended to illustrate all uses of ceramics in all areas, pose questions and discuss new approaches


Museum of Applied Art


1st December 2014 – 30th September 2015


Belgrad, 20th/21th May 2015

Symposium – Ceramics between change and challenge – between past and present


The focus and working task of Module 1 of the international project Ceramics and Its Dimensions was to organise an international Symposium, as an exchange of different experience in scientific and professional achievements and as a kind of platform for all future researchers, artists and designers. The Symposium Ceramics between Change and Challenge, between Past and Present, from Baroque until Today was envisaged as a multidisciplinary gathering of the most prominent experts and scientists from Europe who deal with various dimensions and creations of ceramics. In the period from 20 th to 21 st May, 2015 Belgrade was the meeting point of the most eminent European university professors, designers, artists, art historians, archaeologists, successful managers of the companies dealing with the production of ceramics and managers of the institutions dealing with the preservation and presentation of historical and modern ceramics. The organiser of this Module was the Museum of Applied Art from Belgrade, along with its partners – the National Museum from Belgrade, Porzellanikon – Staatliches Museum für Porzellan from Selb and International Museum of Ceramics from Faenza. Experts and young artists from Serbia had a unique opportunity to get acquainted with contemporary world technological, technical and artistic achievements in the field of ceramics, as well as to get acquainted with various achievements in the field of research and perception of ceramics in historical and social contexts. In addition, young artists and researchers across Europe were able to hear experiences and get acquainted with new tendencies which would provide them with guidelines for their future work in the field of ceramics, which is extremely significant in times of general stagnation of the European production and interest in ceramics. All presentations have been published in the Proceedings Ceramics between Change and Challenge, between Past and Present, from Baroque until Today in order to make all these new achievements available in one place. The results of this Module are multiple. First of all, a step further has been taken in encouraging experts to focus on ceramics and its modalities. Furthermore, it has resulted in personal improvements in this field, as well as in encouraging individuals to participate in other modules of the project Ceramics and Its Dimensions through such acquaintance with other aspects of ceramics in the world. A special result represents an incentive to mobilise young Serbian artists to apply for the world’s major art competitions. For all of the abovementioned reasons, Module 1 has been recognised by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia as the field of international networking of Serbia and European countries with the aim of preserving ceramic heritage and improving the mechanisms for encouraging young artists to deal with ceramics. Thus, we can proudly state that the ICOM National Committee has also rewarded the efforts of the institutions from Serbia that participated in this extremely important segment of the project, above all, the efforts of the Museum of Applied Art as the Module leader and the National Museum from Belgrade as its partner and great support in the realisation of Module 1.